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Model Court

The Model Court are a group of juvenile and family courts committed to making a difference. Working with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Permanency Planning for Children Department (PPCD), and using the acclaimed best practices bench book Resource Guidelines as a guide to systems reform, the Model Courts identify impediments to the timeliness of court events and delivery of services for children and families in care, and then design and implement court-and agency-based changes to address these barriers. With technical assistance and training from the PPCD, dependency practices and innovations are pilot-tests and refined as part of ongoing court and multi-agency systems change efforts. In Kentucky, there is one federally recognized Model Court in Jefferson County and there is a pilot project site currently in Fayette County.